Sotheby’s: London, 23 May 2017


AUCTION: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books, Sotheby’s: London, 23 May 2017.

The sale of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books is distinguished by a rare Prayerbook probably made in Saint-Trond in the 1570s. Other important manuscripts include a Flemish 13th-century Psalter with later Middle English supplements, a Book of Hours probably made in Langres around 1480 by the Master of the Missal of Travaillot, and a portion of a Chronique anonyme universelle roll in French with other parts now in Cambridge (Mass), Houghton Library, and in a private collection in Tübingen.

The printed books in the sale include a fine Luther New Testament from 1535, hand-coloured and printed on vellum, a collection of first editions of classic Russian novels by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev and Gogol, and a rare first edition of Kepler’s Prodromus dissertationum cosmographicum (1596), his first substantial work which was uncompromisingly Copernican and which launched his scientific career.

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